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Operating Instructions
Wireless LAN PC Card
PCWA-C100
© 2000 Sony Corporation
Owner’s Record
The model number of this product is PCWAC100. Find the serial number attached on the
product and record it in the space provided
below. Refer to these numbers when you call
your Sony dealer.
Model No. PCWA-C100
Serial No.______________
CAUTION
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your warranty.
NOTE:
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio or
communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to television
reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference
by one or more of the following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
NOTE:
Install and connect the Access Point following
descriptions in its Operation Instructions
manual before using it.
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About the supplied software
• Copyright laws prohibit reproducing the
software or the software manual in whole
or in part, or renting the software without
the permission of the copyright holder.
• In no event will SONY be liable for any
financial damage or loss of profits,
including claims made by third parties,
arising out of the use of the software
supplied with this product.
• In the event a problem occurs with this
software as a result of defective
manufacturing, SONY will replace it at
SONY’s option or issue a refund; however,
SONY bears no other responsibility.
• The software provided with this product
cannot be used with equipment other than
that which is designated for use with.
• Please note that, due to continued efforts to
improve quality, the software
specifications may be changed without
notice.
Program © 2000 Sony Corporation, © 2000
Lucent Technologies, Copyright 1998 by
Carnegie Mellon University.
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WITH REGARD TO THIS SOFTWARE,
INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES
OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS, IN
NO EVENT SHALL CMU BE LIABLE FOR
ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY
DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING
FROM LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS,
WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF
CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER
TORTIOUS ACTION, ARISING OUT OF OR
IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OR
PERFORMANCE OF THIS SOFTWARE.
Documentation © 2000 Sony Corporation
Sony, VAIO, the VAIO logo, Memory Stick,
and the Memory Stick logo are trademarks of
Sony Corporation.
Microsoft, Windows, and Windows NT are
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Safety Information
WARNING
• Opening the unit, for whatever reason,
could lead to damages that are not covered
by the guarantee.
• To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not
expose your Sony Wireless LAN PC Card
to rain or moisture.
NOTES:
• The Sony supplied software may show
screens slightly different from those
included in this manual.
• This manual is written based on the
assumption that you are familiar with basic
operations of Windows operating system.
For computer operations, refer to manuals
that come with your computer.
Table of contents
Overview ............................................
What you can do with your
Wireless LAN PC Card .............
About the supplied software ........
Task flow .........................................
System requirements .....................
About this manual .............................
Opening the Help files ..................
4
4
5
6
7
8
8
Getting started
Unpacking ......................................... 10
Indicators ........................................... 11
Inserting the Wireless LAN PC Card
............................................................ 12
To remove the Wireless LAN PC
Card ........................................... 12
Installing the driver software ......... 13
To verify driver installation ........ 14
Software setup
Setting up Windows environment
(Windows 98 Second Edition) ........ 18
To verify the installed network
components .............................. 18
To specify the IP address ............. 23
To verify the computer name and
workgroup ................................ 24
To set up sharing on the computer
.................................................... 25
To change Internet connection
settings ...................................... 26
NOTES:
• The illustrations in this manual may
differ from the actual software.
• Explanations in this manual assume
that you are familiar with basic
operations of Windows. For how to use
your computer and operating system,
please refer to respective manuals.
Setting up Windows environment
(Windows 2000) ............................... 29
To verify the current network
components .............................. 29
To specify the IP address ............. 33
To verify the computer name and
workgroup ................................ 34
To set up sharing on the computer
.................................................... 36
To change Internet connection
settings ...................................... 37
Installing software ........................... 40
To modify the installed software
.................................................... 41
To uninstall software ................... 42
Wireless LAN connection
Setting up the connection
environment ..................................... 44
To establish communication with
the Access Point ....................... 44
Verifying communication with the
Access Point ............................. 48
Setting up the Access Point ......... 49
Copying a file from another
computer ........................................... 53
Connecting to the Internet .............. 54
Additional information
Precautions .......................................
Specifications ....................................
Getting Help .....................................
Glossary ............................................
Troubleshooting ...............................
Limited Warranty Statement ..........
Index ..................................................
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Overview
What you can do with your Wireless LAN PC Card
You can build a Wireless LAN (Local Area Network) using the Wireless
LAN PC Card, PCWA-C100. The Wireless LAN PC Card can be used
with or without the Wireless LAN Access Point, PCWA-A100
(hereinafter referred to as the Access Point). With the Access Point, you
can build a wireless LAN between multiple computers that are
equipped with the Wireless LAN PC Card and gain access to the
Internet. You can achieve direct communication (Peer to Peer mode)
between computers without using the Access Point.
z Tip
A wireless LAN may have up to 16 computers connected.
Communication through the Access Point
Direct communication between computers (Peer to Peer mode)
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About the supplied software
The Wireless LAN PC Card comes with the following software:
• Wireless Palette:
You can set up a computer containing the Wireless LAN PC Card for
communications with the Access Point, display the communication
status, and switch the Access Point currently in use to another when
multiple Access Points are present.
• Basic Access Point Setup Utility (Basic Setup Utility):
You can set up the Access Point for Internet access. This dialogdriven utility covers basic setups for Internet access.
• Custom Access Point Setup Utility (Custom Setup Utility):
You can make advanced configurations of the Access Point. You can
specify optional features for Internet access with this utility.
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Task flow
To build a wireless LAN environment, you must configure both the
Access Point and the Wireless LAN PC Card.
Required tasks depend on the state of your Access Point and Wireless
LAN PC Card. The table below lists their states and tasks required for
building a wireless LAN environment.
Wireless LAN PC Card
New
Access
Point
New
1. Connect the Access
Point. (*1)
2. Insert the Wireless
LAN PC Card into a
computer, set up the
Windows
environment and
install software. (*2)
3. Register the Access
Point using the
Wireless Palette. (*3)
4. Configure the Access
Point using the Basic
Setup Utility. (*4)
1. Insert the Wireless
LAN PC Card into a
computer, set up the
Windows
environment and
In use
install software. (*2)
2. Register the Access
Point using the
Wireless Palette. (*3)
In use
1. Connect the Access
Point. (*1)
2. Register the Access
Point using the
Wireless Palette. (*3)
3. Configure the Access
Point using the Basic
Setup Utility. (*4)
• To communicate with
an Access Point
previously used in
another wireless LAN
environment from a
computer containing
the Wireless LAN PC
Card.
1. Register the Access
Point using the
Wireless Palette. (*4)
*1 See Connections in the Access Point Operating Instructions manual.
*2 See Inserting the Wireless LAN PC Card and succeeding sections in this
manual.
*3 See To establish communication with the Access Point and succeeding
sections in this manual. For further information, see the Wireless Palette Help
files.
*4 See Setting up the Access Point and succeeding sections in this manual.
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System requirements
• Sony VAIO® series personal computers
CPU: MMX® Pentium® 233 MHz and above
RAM: 64 MB and above
CD-ROM drive
Default built-in PCMCIA Type II slot
• Operating system: For best results, use a computer with one of the
preinstalled (not upgraded versions) operating systems below.
– Microsoft® Windows® 98 Second Edition, English version
– Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional, English version
• Display: SVGA (800 x 600 pixels) and above (supports High Color (16
bit) and above)
Notes
• Sony does not assure trouble-free operation for all computers satisfying these
system requirements.
• The Wireless LAN Access Point PCWA-A100 is required to gain access to the
Internet.
• An Internet Service Provider (ISP) is required for Internet access.
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About this manual
Note
Install and connect the
Access Point, as described
in its Operating
Instructions manual.
This manual explains the operation of the Wireless
LAN PC Card and the installation and setup of the
supplied software. For details on using the Wireless
Palette and the Custom Setup Utility software
supplied with the Wireless LAN PC Card, refer to the
software’s on-line Help files.
The Wireless LAN PC Card has two on-line Help files:
• Wireless Palette Help
• Custom Access Point Setup Utility Help
Opening the Help files
• Wireless Palette Help
– From the Start menu, click VAIO - Wireless LAN
- Wireless Palette Help.
• Custom Access Point Setup Utility Help
– From the start menu, click VAIO - Wireless LAN Custom Access Point Setup Utility Help.
Selecting a topic from the contents
From the Contents list, select the desired topic.
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Searching using a Keyword
1
To search using a Keyword, select the Index tab
from the Help dialog box.
The Keyword list appears.
2
Enter the keyword you want to apply, or scroll the
Keyword list.
3
Select a topic, then click Display.
Topics related to the Keyword appears.
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Getting started
Unpacking
Your Wireless LAN PC Card comes with the following
items.
• Wireless LAN PC Card (1)
• PC card case (1)
• CD-ROM (Setup disk) (1)
• Operating Instructions (1)
• END-USER LICENSE AGREEMENT (1)
• Other printed materials
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Indicators
1
2
1 DATA indicator
Lights up while data exchange is in progress.
2 LINK indicator
Lights up while your computer is connected to the wireless LAN.
Description on the indicators
DATA
Flashing (green)
LINK
Lit (green)
Description
Normal communications.
Fast Flashing
(green)
Lit (green)
Peer to Peer mode
Off
Lit (green)
The PC card is powered, but no
communication is taking place.
Flashing at 10sec intervals
The PC card is operating, but no
connection is established.
Off
The PC card is powered off.
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Inserting the Wireless
LAN PC Card
If you are inserting the Wireless LAN PC Card for the first
time, install the driver software before inserting the
Wireless LAN PC Card. See Installing the driver software
on page 13 for details.
This section explains how to insert and remove the
Wireless LAN PC Card to your computer.
Notes
• If your computer has
two PC card slots,
insert the Wireless
LAN PC Card into the
top slot. Inserting it
into the bottom slot
blocks the top slot with
its antenna.
• If your computer is the
PCG-Z505 series, you
cannot insert or remove
the Memory Stick
media into or from the
Memory Stick slot
while the Wireless LAN
PC Card is inserted.
• Before using the
Wireless LAN PC Card,
turn off System
Suspend mode or
System Hibernation
mode using the
PowerPanel software.
While the computer is
in System Suspend
mode or System
Hibernation mode, the
Wireless LAN PC Card
may not be recognized
when it is removed and
reinserted.
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You do not need to turn off your computer when
inserting the Wireless LAN PC Card.
1
Remove the PC card slot protector from the
computer.
(Some computers contain the card slot protector to
prevent damage to the slot while not in use.)
2
Insert the Wireless LAN PC Card into the PC card
slot.
Push the Wireless LAN PC Card into the slot until
it is firmly seated. Inserting the card will extend
the eject button.
If the card does not fit easily, do not force it in.
Take the card out and try reinserting.
Insert the card in
the direction of
the arrow.
To the PC card slot.
To remove the Wireless LAN PC Card
1
2
Close the software that uses the wireless LAN.
3
Remove the Wireless LAN PC Card, following the
instructions in your computer's manual.
Stop PC Card Services on the system tray and/pr
Control Panel.
Installing the driver software
Notes
• If your operating
system is Windows
2000, you must log onto
your system with
Administrator
privileges.
• If your computer has
only one PC card slot,
and your CD-ROM
drive must be
connected through it,
copy the Wireless LAN
folder from the Sonysupplied CD-ROM into
the hard disk before
inserting the Wireless
LAN PC Card. The
following uses
C:\Temp folder as an
example.
If you can use the CDROM drive while the
Wireless LAN PC Card
is inserted, the
following steps are not
required. Begin
installation starting
from step 1.
1 Connect the CD-ROM
drive to the computer
and insert the Sonysupplied CD-ROM into
the drive.
2 Copy the Wireless LAN
folder in the CD-ROM
to C:\Temp folder with
the Windows Explorer.
3 Remove the CD-ROM
drive from the PC card
slot, then, proceed to
step 2.
• If your computer has
two PC card slots and
your CD-ROM drive
must be connected
through one of them,
connect the CD-ROM
drive to the bottom
slot.
Install the driver software for the Wireless LAN PC
Card. The installation procedure requires the
availability of a CD-ROM drive when the Wireless
LAN PC Card inserted.
1
Insert the supplied CD-ROM into the CD-ROM
drive.
2
Insert the Wireless LAN PC Card into the PC card
slot.
The Add New Hardware Wizard appears.
3
4
Click Next.
5
Select Specify a search location.
Confirm that “Find an appropriate driver for a
device in use.” is selected, then click Next.
If the internal CD-ROM drive of your computer
contains the supplied CD-ROM, select CD-ROM
drive.
If the contents of the supplied CD-ROM have been
copied onto the hard disk, do the following:
1 Check Specify a search location.
2 Click Browse.
3 Select the copied folder
(C:\Temp\WirelessLAN in this example) and
click OK.
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6
7
Click Next to begin search.
Click Next to begin driver installation.
Wait for installation to complete. A new display
screen appears when installation is complete.
Note
Restarting the computer
takes longer than booting.
8
Click Finish.
(If your operating system is Windows 98 Second
Edition, follow the on-screen instructions to restart
the computer.)
To verify driver installation
Windows 98 Second Edition
After the computer restarts, verify that the Wireless
LAN PC Card is working properly.
1
From the Start menu, click Settings, then Control
Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2
Double-click the System icon.
The System Properties dialog box appears.
3
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Click the Device Manager tab and check View
devices by type.
Note
4
The Wireless LAN PC
Card is not working
properly in the following
cases:
• Sony PCWA-C100
Wireless PC Card is
shown with a yellow
question or exclamation
mark.
c Click Sony PCWAC100 Wireless PC
Card and click
Remove, then repeat
from step 2 in
Installing the driver
software.
• Double-clicking
Network Adapters
does not display Sony
PCWA-C100 Wireless
PC Card.
c Remove the Wireless
LAN PC Card, then
repeat from step 2 in
Installing the driver
software.
• Double-clicking Other
devices displays Sony
PCWA-C100 Wireless
PC Card.
c Click Sony PCWAC100 Wireless PC
Card and Remove,
then repeat from step
2 in Installing the
driver software.
Note
If a message “This device
is working properly.” is
not displayed, the
Wireless LAN PC Card is
not working properly.
Click OK then click
Remove to remove the
driver, then click Yes to
restart the computer.
When the computer
restarts, repeat from step
2 in Installing the driver
software.
Double-click Network adapters, then double-click
Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card.
The Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card
Properties dialog box appears.
5
Confirm that the message “This device is working
properly.” is displayed under Device status.
6
Click OK.
The System Properties dialog box reappears.
7
Click OK.
The Control Panel window reappears.
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8
Double-click the PC Card (PCMCIA) icon.
The PC Card (PCMCIA) Properties dialog box
appears.
Note
If Sony PCWA-C100
Wireless PC Card is not
displayed in the PC Card
(PCMCIA) Properties
dialog box, the Wireless
LAN PC Card is not
working properly.
Repeat steps 1 through 4
on page 14. Click Sony
PCWA-C100 Wireless PC
Card then click Remove
to remove the driver.
Click Yes to restart the
computer.
When the computer
restarts, repeat from step
2 in Installing the driver
software.
9
Confirm that Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card
is displayed under Socket Status.
10 Click OK.
The PC Card (PCMCIA) Properties dialog box
closes.
11 Click
.
The Control Panel window closes.
Windows 2000
Upon completion of driver installation, verify that the
Wireless LAN PC Card is working properly.
1
From the Start menu, click Settings, then Control
Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2
Double-click the System icon.
The System dialog box appears.
3
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Click the Hardware tab, then click Device
Manager.
Note
4
The Wireless LAN PC
Card is not working
properly in the following
cases:
• Sony PCWA-C100
Wireless PC Card is
shown with a yellow
question or exclamation
mark.
c Click Sony PCWAC100 Wireless PC
Card and Remove,
then repeat from step
2 in Installing the
driver software.
• Double-clicking
Network Adapters
does not display Sony
PCWA-C100 Wireless
PC Card.
c Remove the Wireless
LAN PC Card, then
repeat from step 2 in
Installing the driver
software.
• Double-clicking Other
devices displays Sony
PCWA-C100 Wireless
PC Card.
c Click Sony PCWAC100 Wireless PC
Card and Remove,
then repeat from step
2 in Installing the
driver software.
Note
If a message “This device
is working properly.” is
not displayed, the
Wireless LAN PC Card is
not working properly.
Click OK then click
Remove to remove the
driver, then click Yes to
restart the computer.
When the computer
restarts, repeat from step
2 in Installing the driver
software.
Double-click Network adapters, then double-click
Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card.
The Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card
Properties dialog box appears.
5
Confirm a message “This device is working
properly.” is displayed under Device status.
6
Click OK.
The Device Manager window reappears.
7
Click
.
The System Properties dialog box reappears.
8
Click OK.
The Control Panel window reappears.
9
Click
.
The Control Panel window closes.
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Software setup
Setting up Windows environment
(Windows 98 Second Edition)
Note
If the Version Conflict
dialog box appears while
you are setting up your
Windows environment,
click Yes to continue.
To verify the installed network
components
1
From the Start menu, click Settings - Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2
Double-click the Network icon.
The Network dialog box appears.
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3
Click the Configuration tab to verify the settings.
Confirm that the following are displayed under
“The following network components are
installed.”
– NetBEUI -> Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC
Card.
– TCP/IP -> Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card.
– Client for Microsoft Networks.
– File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks.
Also confirm that Client for Microsoft Networks is
displayed under the Primary Network Logon pulldown menu.
If everything is displayed, proceed to To specify
the IP address on page 23.
If any of these components are missing, you must
add each component individually.
For further instructions see below.
To add TCP/IP on this page.
To add NetBEUI on page 21.
To add Client for Microsoft Networks on page 21.
To add File and printer sharing for Microsoft
Networks on page 22.
When you have added all components, proceed to
To specify the IP address on page 23.
To add TCP/IP
If TCP/IP -> Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card is
not displayed in step 3 above follow the steps below.
1
Click Add on the Configuration tab.
The Select Network Component Type dialog box
appears.
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2
Click Protocol, then click Add.
The Select Network Protocol dialog box appears.
3
Select Microsoft in the Manufacturers window,
and select TCP/IP in the Network Protocols
window.
4
Click OK.
TCP/IP -> Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card
appears under “The following network
components are installed.”
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To add NetBEUI
If NetBEUI -> Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card is
not displayed in step 3 on page 19, follow the steps
below.
1
Click Add on the Configuration tab.
The Select Network Component Type dialog box
appears.
2
Click Protocol then click Add.
The Select Network Protocol dialog box appears.
3
Click Microsoft under Manufacturers, then click
NetBEUI under Network Protocols.
4
Click OK.
NetBEUI -> Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC Card is
added under “The following network components
are installed.”
To add Client for Microsoft Networks
If Client for Microsoft Networks is not displayed in
step 3 on page 19, follow the steps below.
1
Click Add on the Configuration tab.
The Select Network Component Type dialog box
appears.
2
Click Client, then click Add.
The Select Network Client dialog box appears.
3
Click Microsoft under Manufacturers, and select
Client for Microsoft Networks under Network
Clients.
4
Click OK.
Client for Microsoft Networks appears under “The
following network components are installed.”
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Note
This setting is required to
allow other computers on
the same LAN to share
files from your computer
or the printer connected
to your computer.
Print and Filesharing is
not recommended while
connected to the Internet.
Security is an issue and
Microsoft warns to
disable. Please consider
using firewall software.
To add File and printer sharing for Microsoft
Networks
If File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks is
not displayed in step 3 on page 19, follow the steps
below.
1
Click File and Print Sharing on the Configuration
tab.
The File and Print Sharing dialog box appears.
2
Check “I want to be able to give others access to
my files.” and “I want to be able to allow others to
print to my printer(s).”
3
Click OK.
File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks
appears under “The following network
components are installed.”
When you have added all components, proceed to the
next section, To specify the IP address on page 23.
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To specify the IP address
1
Click TCP/IP -> Sony PCWA-C100 Wireless PC
Card, then click Properties on the Network dialog
box.
The TCP/IP Properties dialog box appears.
If TCP/IP is not displayed...
Go back to the previous section To add TCP/IP on
page 19 to add TCP/IP, then come back here to
continue.
2
Click Obtain an IP address automatically, then
click OK.
The Network dialog box reappears.
Proceed to the next section, To verify the computer
name and workgroup on page 24, upon completion of
this setting.
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To verify the computer name and
workgroup
Computer names are displayed on the status
indication windows of the Wireless Palette.
Notes
• Assign a unique name
of up to 15
alphanumeric
characters to every
computer connected to
the same LAN.
• The workgroup
indicates the name of a
group sharing files.
Assign the same
workgroup name for all
computers that share
files.
Note
Restarting the computer
takes longer than booting.
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1
Click the Identification Information tab on the
Network dialog box and specify the Computer
name and Workgroup.
2
Click OK.
The System Settings Change dialog box appears.
3
Click Yes to restart the computer.
Proceed to the next section, To set up sharing on the
computer on page 25, on completion of these
instructions.
To set up sharing on the computer
You can let other users share drives and folders from
your computer on the wireless LAN.
The following information explains how to share
Drive C (C:), as an example. You can also set up your
computer to share other drives and folder.
1
Double-click My Computer on the Windows
desktop.
2
Right-click the Drive C icon and click Properties.
The Properties dialog box appears.
z Tip
For further information
on sharing on the
computer, refer to the
Windows manual or Help
files.
Note
Consider all issues before
making any folder
available for sharing on
the wireless LAN.
3
4
Click the Sharing tab and click Shared As.
Click OK.
C: is available for sharing on the wireless LAN.
If you have accessed to the Internet via the telephone
line, proceed to the next section, To change Internet
connection settings on page 26 upon completion of
this setting.
If you have accessed to the Internet via a cable modem
(xDSL modem) or ISDN router, proceed to Installing
software on page 40.
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To change Internet connection
settings
If your Internet access has been via a telephone line,
you must change the Internet connection settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1
2
3
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Select Settings - Control Panel from the Start menu.
Double-click Internet Options.
Click the Connections tab.
4
Check Never dial a connection.
5
Click LAN Settings.
The Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog
box appears.
6
Check Automatically detect settings under
Automatic configuration.
Make sure the check box for “Use a Proxy Server”
is not selected.
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7
Click OK.
The Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog
box closes.
8
Click OK.
The Internet Properties dialog box closes.
9
Click
.
The Control Panel window closes.
Upon completion of the above setup, proceed to
Installing software on page 40.
Netscape Communicator
1
2
3
4
5
Launch Netscape Communicator.
Click Preferences from the Edit menu.
Click Advanced.
Click Proxies, then check “Direct connection to the
Internet.”
Click OK.
The Preferences dialog box closes.
6
Click Reload in the browser window.
Upon completion of the above setup, proceed to
Installing software on page 40.
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Setting up Windows environment
(Windows 2000)
To verify the current network
components
1
From the Start menu, click Settings, click Network
and Dial-up Connections.
The Network and Dial-up Connections window
appears.
Note
When multiple
connection environments
exist, multiple Local Area
Connection icons are
displayed.
Locate the icon that pops
up as, “Sony PCWA-C100
Wireless PC Card,” and
double-click it.
2
Double-click the Local Area Connection icon.
The Local Area Connection Properties dialog box
appears.
Component
list
Confirm that the following network components
are displayed in the component list.
– NetBEUI Protocol.
– Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
– Client for Microsoft Networks.
– File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.
If everything is displayed, click Close and proceed
to To specify the IP address on page 33.
If any of these components are missing, you must
add each component individually.
For further instructions see below.
To add Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) on page 30.
To add NetBEUI Protocol on page 31.
To add Client for Microsoft Networks on page 32.
To add File and printer sharing for Microsoft
Networks on page 32.
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When you have added all components, proceed to
To specify the IP address on page 33.
To add Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
If Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is not displayed in step 2
on page 29, follow the steps below.
1
Click Install from the Local Area Connection
Properties dialog box.
The Select Network Component Type dialog box
appears.
2
Click Protocol, then click Add.
The Select Network Protocol dialog box appears.
3
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Click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
4
Click OK.
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is added in the
component list.
To add NetBEUI Protocol
If NetBEUI Protocol is not displayed in step 2 on page
29, follow the steps below.
1
Click Install from the Local Area Connection
Properties dialog box.
The Select Network Component Type dialog box
appears.
2
Click Protocol, then click Add.
The Select Network Protocol dialog box appears.
3
4
Click NetBEUI Protocol.
Click OK.
NetBEUI Protocol is added to the component list.
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To add Client for Microsoft Networks
If Client for Microsoft Networks is not displayed in
step 2 on page 29, follow the steps below.
1
Click Install on the Local Area Connection
Properties dialog box.
The Select Network Component Type dialog box
appears.
2
Click Client, then Add.
The Select Network Service dialog box appears.
3
4
Click Client for Microsoft Networks.
Click OK.
Client for Microsoft Networks is added to the
component list.
Note
This setting is required to
allow other computers on
the same LAN to share
files from your computer
or the printer connected
to your computer.
Print and Filesharing is
not recommended while
connected to the Internet.
Security is an issue and
Microsoft warns to
disable. Please consider
using firewall software.
To add File and printer sharing for Microsoft
Networks
If File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks is
not displayed in step 2 on page 29, follow the steps
below.
1
Click Install on the Local Area Connection
Properties dialog box.
The Select Network Component Type dialog box
appears.
2
Click Service, then click Add.
The Select Network Service dialog box appears.
3
Click File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft
Networks.
4
Click OK.
File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks is
added to the component list.
When you have added all components, proceed to the
next section, To Specify the IP address on page 33.
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To specify the IP address
1
Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) from the
component list of the Local Area Connection
Properties, then click Properties.
The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog
box appears.
2
Click Obtain an IP address automatically, then
click OK.
The Local Area Connection Properties dialog box
reappears.
3
Click OK.
The Local Area Connection Properties dialog box
closes.
4
Click
.
The Network and Dial-up Connections window
closes.
Proceed to the next section,To verify the computer
name and workgroup on page 34 upon completion of
these instructions.
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To verify the computer name and
workgroup
Computer names are displayed on the status
indication window of the Wireless Palette.
1
From the Start menu, click Settings, then click
Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2
Double-click the System icon.
The System Properties dialog box appears.
3
Click the Network Identification tab, then click
Properties.
The Identification Changes dialog box appears.
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Notes
• Assign a unique name
of up to 15
alphanumeric
characters to every
computer connected to
the same LAN.
• The workgroup
indicates the name of a
group sharing files.
Assign the same
workgroup name for all
computers that share
files.
Note
Restarting the computer
takes longer than booting.
4
Specify Computer name and Workgroup for your
computer.
5
Click OK.
The message “Restart your computer to enable
changes.” is displayed.
6
Click OK.
The System Properties dialog box reappears.
7
Click OK then Yes to restart the computer.
Proceed to the next section, To set up sharing on the
computer on page 36, upon completion of this setting.
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To set up sharing on the computer
You can let other users share drives and folders from
your computer on the wireless LAN.
The following information explains how to share
Drive C (C:), as an example. You can also set up your
computer to share other drives and folders.
1
2
Double-click My Computer the desktop.
Right-click the C: icon, then click Sharing.
The Properties dialog box appears.
z Tip
For further information
on sharing on the
computer, refer to the
Windows manual or Help
files.
Note
Consider all issues before
making any folder
available for sharing on
the wireless LAN.
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3
4
Click the Sharing tab and click Share this folder.
Click OK.
C: is made available for sharing on the wireless
LAN.
If you have accessed to the Internet via the telephone
line, proceed to the next section, To change Internet
Connection settings on page 37 upon completion of
this setting.
If you have accessed to the Internet via a cable modem
(xDSL modem) or ISDN router, proceed to Installing
software on page 40.
To change Internet connection
settings
If your Internet access has been via a telephone line,
you must change the Internet connection settings.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1
2
3
Select Settings - Control Panel from the Start menu.
Double-click Internet Options.
Click the Connections tab.
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4
Check Never dial a connection.
5
Click LAN Settings.
The Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog
box appears.
6
Check Automatically detect settings under
Automatic configuration.
7
Click OK.
The Local Area Network (LAN) Settings dialog
box closes.
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8
Click OK.
The Internet Properties dialog box closes.
9
Click
.
The Control Panel window closes.
Upon completion of the above setup, proceed to
Installing software on page 40.
Netscape Communicator
1
2
3
4
Launch Netscape Communicator.
5
Click OK.
Click Preferences form the Edit menu.
Click Advanced.
Click Proxies, then check “Direct connection to the
Internet.”
The Preferences dialog box closes.
6
Click Reload in the browser window.
Upon completion of the above setup, proceed to
Installing software on page 40.
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Installing software
Before Installing the
software:
• Install and connect the
Access Point.
• Install the driver
software. (page 13)
• Insert the Wireless
LAN PC Card. (page
12)
• Quit all Windows
programs.
Once you set up your Windows environment, install
the Wireless Palette, the Basic Setup Utility, and the
Custom Setup Utility software.
1
From the Start menu, click Run.
The Run dialog box appears.
2
Enter the name of the installer.
• If the computer has an internal CD-ROM drive,
enter “Q:\SETUP.EXE.” (“Q” indicates the name
of the internal CD-ROM. Your CD-ROM drive
may be identified with a different letter.)
• If you have copied the Wireless LAN folder from
the supplied CD-ROM to your computer’s hard
disk, say in the C:\Temp folder, when installing
the driver software on page 13, enter
“C:\Temp\WirelessLAN\SETUP.EXE.”
3
Click OK.
The Wireless LAN Utility Setup dialog box
appears.
4
Click Next.
The License Agreement dialog box appears.
5
Read the agreement and click Yes to accept.
The Choose Destination Location dialog box
appears.
z Tip
If you want to install the
software into another
folder, click Browse and
select the folder or
directly enter the folder
name.
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6
Select the folder where you want to install the
software and click Next.
The Setup Type dialog box appears.
z Tip
If you want select specific
software applications,
select Custom and click
Next.
7
Select Standard and click Next.
Software installation begins and the Setup
Complete dialog box appears a while.
8
Click Finish.
The Confirmation Items dialog box appears.
9
Confirm the information and click OK.
Installation is complete and your computer
restarts.
Proceed to the next section, Setting up the connection
environment on page 44, for instructions how to
establish connection between the computer and the
Access Point.
Registering your Wireless LAN Access Point/
Wireless LAN PC Card
When you restart your computer after installing the
software, a registration icon will appear on the
desktop. Connect to the Internet using your Internet
Service Provider. Double-click the registration icon to
register the products. For details on customer
registration, refer to the supplied Customer
Registration for the Wireless LAN Access Point/
Wireless LAN PC Card.
Caution
To protect your personal data, Sony uses SSL (an encryption
protocol) for communication between your browser and the
Sony WWW server. If you are accessing the Internet from
inside of an enterprise LAN, you may not be able to use SSL
due to the proxy server of the LAN. Contact your network
administrator in this situation.
To modify the installed software
You can uninstall a specific software application or
add one later on.
1
Display the Wireless LAN Utility Setup dialog box.
See steps 1 though 3 on page 40 for details.
2
Select Modify and click Next.
The Select Components dialog box appears.
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z Tip
3
To uninstall a specific
software application,
uncheck the application
you want to uninstall.
Check the software applications you want to
install, then click Next.
The software installation begins and the
Maintenance Complete dialog box appears after
installation is completed.
4
Click Finish.
To start the software
Select VAIO - Wireless LAN from the Start menu, and
then select software you want to launch.
To uninstall software
Windows 98 Second Edition
1
From the Start menu, click Settings, then click
Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2
Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
The Add/Remove Programs Properties dialog box
appears.
3
The Wireless LAN Utility Setup dialog box
appears.
z Tip
To uninstall a specific
software application,
select Modify and click
Next. See To modify
installed software on page
41 for more information.
Select Wireless LAN Utility from the list of
automatically removable software and click Add/
Remove.
4
Select Remove and click Next.
The Confirm File Deletion dialog box appears.
5
Click OK.
Software uninstallation begins and the
Maintenance Complete dialog box appears after
installation is completed.
6
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Click Finish.
Windows 2000
1
From the Start menu, click Settings, then click
Control Panel.
The Control Panel window appears.
2
Double-click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
The Add/Remove Programs dialog box appears.
3
The Wireless LAN Utility Setup dialog box
appears.
z Tip
To uninstall a specific
software application,
select Modify and click
Next. See To modify
installed software on page
41 for more information.
Select Wireless LAN Utility from the list of
currently installed programs and click Add/
Remove.
4
Select Remove, then click Next.
The Confirm File Deletion dialog box appears.
5
Click OK.
Software uninstallation begins and the
Maintenance Complete dialog box appears after
installation is completed.
6
Click Finish.
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Wireless LAN connection
Setting up the connection
environment
The following describes how to set up software for
building a wireless LAN environment with the Access
Point. Follow the steps below.
1
Use the Wireless Palette software to register the
Access Point to every computer you want to
connect in a wireless LAN.
2
Use the Basic Setup Utility to set up the Access
Point on one of the wireless LAN computers.
To establish communication with the
Access Point
On every computer you want to connect to the
wireless LAN, use the Wireless Palette to establish
communication with the Access Point.
Before attempting to establish a wireless LAN
environment:
• Check the six-digit Access Point ID on the bottom
surface of the Access Point.
Access Point ID
Factory-set Encryption KEY
• Install and connect the Access Point. (Refer to the
Access Point Operation Instructions manual.)
• Insert the Wireless LAN PC Card to the computer.
z Tip
If the icon is not on the
tray, select VAIO Wireless LAN - Wireless
Palette from the Start
menu.
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1
Double-click the
on the task tray.
The Wireless Palette status window appears.
2
Click the Tool Box button
.
The Tool Box window appears.
3
Click Add.
The Add New Access Point dialog box appears.
z Tip
Check Peer to Peer to
establish wireless
communications
between computers
without using the
Access Point. For more
information, see the
section, To establish a
wireless LAN
environment without
using the Access Point
on page 46.
z Tips
• If the Access Point is
already installed, your
network administrator
may have changed the
Encryption Key using
the Basic Setup Utility
or the Custom Setup
Utility. Contact your
network administrator
for instructions.
• If the Encryption Key is
specified, wireless
communications are
encrypted for
protection against
unauthorized
reception.
4
Specify the Nickname, Access Point ID, and
Encryption Key.
The Nickname identifies the Access Point. Enter
up to eight alphanumeric characters for Nickname.
If multiple Access Points exist, make sure to assign
a unique name to each one.
For Access Point ID and Encryption Key, enter the
six digit Access Point ID from the bottom of the
Access Point. The factory-set Encryption Key are
the last five digit of the Access Point ID.
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5
Click OK.
The Tool Box window reappears.
6
Select the Nickname of the Access Point to which
you want to connect.
7
Click Select.
8
Click OK.
The Nickname of the selected Access Point is
displayed on the Wireless Palette.
If an error message is displayed, the information
you entered contains an error. Go back and repeat
step 3 through step 8.
To establish a wireless LAN environment
without using the Access Point (Peer to Peer
mode)
z Tip
A wireless LAN
environment between
multiple computers may
also be established in the
Peer to Peer mode.
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To establish a wireless LAN environment without
using the Access Point, follow the steps in this section
on only one of the computers on the wireless LAN. On
the other computers, perform the procedure described
in the section, To establish communications with the
Access Point on page 44.
Notes
• Check Peer to Peer on
only one computer to
establish the wireless
LAN.
• If other Access Points
are present in close
proximity and
problems occur, try
another channel.
Note
1
Follow steps 1 through 3 in the section, To
establish communications with the Access Point on
page 44.
2
Check Peer to Peer and specify Channel.
For Channel, select a channel you want to use for
wireless communications.
3
Enter the same Access
Point ID and Encryption
Key on all computers on
the same wireless LAN.
Enter the Access Point ID and the Encryption Key.
Enter up to 32 alphanumeric characters for Access
Point ID.
Enter five alphanumeric characters for Encryption
Key.
4
Click OK.
The Tool Box window appears.
5
Click the Nickname for the Peer to Peer
configuration you registered previously.
6
Click Select.
The configuration data of the selected Nickname is
displayed.
Notes
• It takes some time for
the Peer to Peer mode
to effect.
Clicking OK causes
Windows to search the
DHCP server in the
wireless LAN
environment to obtain
an IP address. It will
take longer without a
DHCP server. If no
DHCP server is found,
an unused IP address is
assigned (Windows
Auto IP feature).
• In the Peer to Peer
mode, the Wireless
Palette status window
does not display any
computer name.
7
Click OK.
The Peer to Peer mode takes effect.
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Verifying communication with the
Access Point
Follow the steps below to verify that if the Wireless
LAN PC Card has a connection with the Access Point.
z Tips
The icon may appear as
or
.
If so, no communications
are taking place with the
Access Point. Check the
Access Point's
configuration. For further
information, refer to the
Wireless Palette Help
files.
1
Double-click the
on the task tray.
The Wireless Pallete status window appears.
Computer
Name
Nickname
2
Reception
Level/
Indicator
Verify the Nickname.
The Nickname identifies the Access Point with
which the computer has a connection. Verify that
the Nickname you entered (page 45) is displayed.
3
Verify the reception level.
The reception level indicator ( / / ) indicates
the condition of the communications with the
Access Point.
indicates the optimum
communication. When
or
is displayed, no
communications are taking place between the
Access Point and the computer. Check the Access
Point configuration. For more information, refer
the Wireless Palette Help.
4
Verify the Computer Name.
The Computer Name is the computer name you
have specified on page 24 (Windows 98 Second
Edition) or page 34 (Windows 2000). The wireless
LAN connection is established with the computers
displayed.
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Setting up the Access Point
z Tip
To launch the Custom
Setup Utility, click the
Start button and select
VAIO - Wireless LAN Custom Access Point
Setup Utility.
You can change the Access Point settings by using the
Basic Setup Utility. Changes to the settings may be
made by using the Custom Setup Utility as well.
This operation must be performed on a single
computer on the wireless LAN.
1
From the Start menu, click VAIO - Wireless LAN Basic Access Point Setup Utility.
The Basic Setup Utility starts.
2
Note
If an error message
appears, click OK then
confirm the following and
repeat step 2.
• The Access Point is
powered.
• The correct Access
Point ID is displayed.
• The Access Point and
the computer are
located within a rage of
approximately 50 m
(165 feet).
Confirm that the Access Point ID displayed is the
one assigned to the Access Point you are
configuring, then click SCAN.
The Access Point ID is a six-digit number on the
label attached on the bottom surface of the Access
Point. If the Access Point ID displayed is different
from the one on the label, enter the correct ID.
Access Point ID
Factory-set Encryption KEY
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Note
3
Using the Wireless
Palette, enter the same
Encryption Key on every
computer in the wireless
LAN, as specified for the
Access Point.
Enter the common parameters, Channel Number
and Encryption Key.
Select the channel that the Access Point uses for
wireless communications for Channel Number.
You can use Channel 1, 4, 7, or 10.
Enter any five-digit alphanumeric characters for
Encryption Key.
z Tips
• If there are two or more
Access Points in close
proximity, assign a
unique channel number
to avoid radio
interference.
• The factory-set
Encryption Key of the
access point is the last
five digits of the Access
Point ID.
4
Note
If you have accidentally
selected a wrong access
method, click BACK and
select the correct one.
Select the access method to the Internet from
Connection Mode and click NEXT.
Select a destination to connect the Access Point.
Available options are Phone Connection, Cable
Modem/xDSL, ISDN Router/LAN, and Local
Only. The dialog that appears next depends on
your selection.
Note
If you are using the Access Point and are connecting within
an existing LAN that already has a DHCP server, do not use
the Phone Connection or Local Only connection modes.
Select Cable Modem/xDSL or ISDN Router/LAN connection
modes.
When the Wireless LAN Access Point is using Phone
Connection and/or Local Only connection modes, the Access
Point acts as a DHCP server.
An Access Point that is connected to a LAN that has another
DHCP server may experience the following problem while
using the Phone Connection or Local Only connection mode.
A client computer within the LAN may acquire an invalid IP
address from the Access Point, not from the regular DHCP
server. If this happens, the client computer may not be able
to access the network because the IP address supplied by the
Access Point is a private IP address (10.0.1.2 - 17, by default).
Contact your network administrator before connecting a
Wireless LAN Access Point to an existing LAN.
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Note
Phone Connection:
If you must press “0” on
your telephone to hear
the tone signal and place
an outgoing call, you can
not use your telephone
line for Internet access
using the Access Point.
If you hear the tone signal
when you pick up the
receiver even though you
must press “0” to place an
outgoing call, you can use
your telephone line for
Internet access using the
Access Point. In these
situations, enter “0”
before the telephone
number for Phone
Number 1 and Phone
Number 2.
The Enter Phone Connection Parameters dialog box
appears.
z Tips
• Phone Number 2 is the
alternate telephone
number to use when a
call to Phone Number 1
is not completed.
• Your Internet Service
Provider may specify
the DNS server(s). In
this case, enter data for
DNS Server 1 (DNS
Server 2).
Note
The indicators on the
Access Point flashes while
changes to the settings are
processed.
The link test is disabled
until the Access Point
POWER indicator turns
green.
(It takes approximately 30
seconds before the
POWER indicator turns
green.)
1
Enter data for Account ID, Password, Password
(re-enter), Phone Number 1, Phone Number 2, and
Dialing Mode and click NEXT.
The confirmation dialog appears.
2
Make sure you have made correct settings, then
click NEXT.
Changes to the Access Point settings are reflected
and the Finish screen appears.
3
Click LINK TEST.
The link test between the Access Point and the
computer is performed.
When the confirmation dialog box appears, click
FINISH to exit.
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Note
If you select Cable
Modem/xDSL or ISDN
Router/LAN, set up the
device for an Internet
connection.
Cable Modem/xDSL, ISDN Router/LAN, and
Local Only:
The confirmation dialog appears.
1
Note
The indicators on the
Access Point flashes while
changes to the settings are
processed.
The link test is disabled
until the POWER
indicator of the Access
Point turns green.
It takes approximately 30
seconds before the
POWER indicator turns
green.
Note
If you select ISDN
Router/LAN, make sure
to restart the computer
upon completion of the
link test.
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Make sure you have made correct settings and
click NEXT.
Changes to the Access Point settings are reflected
and the Finish screen appears.
2
Click LINK TEST.
The link test between the Access Point and the
computer is performed.
When the confirmation dialog box appears, click
FINISH to exit.
This completes the software setup. The wireless LAN
environment is complete.
Now, you can copy a file from another computer on
the wireless LAN (page 53) or connect to the Internet
(page 54).
Copying a file from
another computer
Note
To copy a file from
another computer, you
must enable file sharing
on the computer (page 25,
page 36) containing the
file.
Once you have verified the network connection using
the Wireless Palette, you can copy a file from another
computer on the LAN.
1
Double-click the Network Neighborhood icon
(Windows 98 Second Edition) or the My Network
Places icon (Windows 2000) on the desktop.
2
Double-click the desired computer.
The drives enabled for file sharing are displayed.
Note
With the standard
configuration, you can
copy files into the
computer from which you
are working.
3
Double-click the desired drive.
Files in the drive are displayed and available for
copying.
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Connecting to the Internet
When you are through with all settings described in
Setting up the connection environment on page 44,
let’s connect to the Internet.
Phone Connection:
z Tip
The icon may appear as
or
.
1
2
Double-click the
on the task tray.
Click Connect.
Connection to the Internet service provider is
established.
3
Launch your web browser.
A home page is displayed.
Notes
• The Access Point is
configured with the
manual connection
mode at the time of
shipment. Clicking
Connect initiates the
dial-up connection.
• Note that automatic
disconnection may not
work due to
unexpected packets
sent from the Internet.
Click Disconnect to
disconnect the
connection when you
are through with the
Internet access.
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4
Click Disconnect.
The dial-up connection is disconnected.
z Tips
• When the Access Point is in the automatic connection
mode, starting an e-mail or browser application causes a
dial-up attempt to be made. To place the Access Point in
the automatic connection mode, use the Custom Setup
Utility. For more information, see the Custom Access Point
Setup Utility Help.
• The Access Point does not automatically disconnect a
connection to the Internet when an e-mail or browser
application is closed on a single computer in order to allow
multiple computers to have simultaneous Internet access.
Thus, to disconnect the dial-up connection, you must
follow the above steps.
The Access Point automatically disconnects the dial-up
connection if no communication is made within two
minutes.
This disconnect period may be changed with the Custom
Setup Utility. For further information, see the Custom
Access Point Setup Utility Help.
ISDN Router:
1
Perform the connection attempt procedure on the
ISDN router. (See the manual that came with your
ISDN router for details.)
Connection to the Internet service provider is
established.
Note
When the ISDN router is
in use, the Connect/
Disconnect function of the
Wireless Palette is
disabled.
Notes
• Check the cable
modem’s ability to
make an Internet
connection.
• When the cable
modem’s is in use,
Connect/Disconnect is
not displayed on the
Wireless Palette.
2
Launch your web browser.
A home page is displayed.
Cable Modem:
1
Launch your web browser.
A home page is displayed.
The cable modem holds open the connection to the
Internet. When the computer is connected to the
Access Point, it is also connected to the Internet.
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Additional information
Precautions
Safety
Do not drop or cause a mechanical shock to the
Wireless LAN PC Card, as this may damage the unit.
Installation
Do not place the Wireless LAN PC Card where it will
be exposed to the following conditions:
• Unstable surface.
• High humidity or poor ventilation.
• Excessive dust.
• Direct sunlight or extreme heat.
• Closed cars.
• Magnetized location (near a magnets, speaker, or
TV).
Operation
If the Wireless LAN PC Card is moved directly from a
cold location to a warm one, or if it is placed in a very
damp environment, moisture may condense on the
parts inside. The Wireless LAN PC Card may not
operate properly should moisture occur.
Cleaning
Clean the casing with a soft cloth, lightly moistened
with water or a mild detergent solution. Do no use
any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvent
such as alcohol or benzene as it may damage the finish
of the casing.
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Specifications
Protocol support
TCP/IP, NetBEUI compliant
Standard
IEEE802.11b/IEEE802.11
Radio frequency
2.4 GHz
Modulation method
DS-SS (IEEE802.11 compliant)
General
Power requirements
5 V AC (supplied from the computer through the PC
card adapter)
Current
Peak current at transmission; 280 mA,
peak current at reception: 180 mA
Connector
PC card slot Type-II
Dimensions (approx.)
Approx. 118 × 5 × 54 mm (approx. 4 3/4 × 7/32 × 2 1/4
inches) (w/h/d)
(Antenna height: 8.7mm (11/32 inches))
Mass
Approx. 55 g (approx. 2 oz)
Operating temperature
5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F) (not condensed)
Environment temperature
-20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F) (not condensed)
Supplied accessories
See Unpacking on page 10.
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Getting Help
This section describes how to get help and support
from Sony, as well as troubleshooting tips for your
Wireless LAN PC Card.
About Sony’s Support Options
Sony provides several support options for your
Wireless LAN PC Card. When you have questions
about your Wireless LAN PC Card and its related
software, check these options for answers:
❒ This guide explains how to use your Wireless LAN
PC Card.
❒ The Sony Wireless LAN PC Card support Web site
(http://www.sony.com/wirelesslansupport/)
provides the latest information on your Wireless
LAN PC Card. On this Web site, you will find:
• Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
• An electronic version of the Operating Instructions
• Help files
• Installation information
• Software updates
❒ The Sony e-mail support service answers your
questions by electronic mail. Just send your question
in an e-mail message and a customer service
representative will reply. To send a question to Sony
e-mail support, fill out the e-mail form at
http://www.sony.com/wirelesslansupport/
❒ The Sony fax-back service provides you with
answers to commonly asked questions. You can use
this automated service to request a list of available
topics and then select the topics you want to receive.
To contact the Sony fax-back service, call 1-877-7607669.
❒ The Sony Customer Information Services Center
offers information about your Access Point, Wireless
LAN PC Card, and other Sony products that work
with your computer. To contact the Sony Customer
Information Services Center, call 1-877-760-7669.
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Glossary
Channel number
The frequency used for wireless
communications.
Wireless communications are available
only among client computers and
Access Points that use the same
channel.
Client
A single computer on a wireless LAN.
It may be called a client computer as
well.
DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol)
DHCP lets network administrators
centrally manage and automate
assignment of IP addresses with a
network environment.
DNS (Domain Name System)
A system that translates host names
into IP addresses.
Networks that use the TCP/IP protocol,
such as the Internet, use a set of
numbers like 192.168.0.1 (IP address) to
identify a computer.
However, since the IP address is rather
hard to remember, DNS was developed
to allow a name like “www.sony.com”
to identify a computer for convenience.
DNS servers manage these translations
from host names into IP addresses.
Encryption Key
IEEE802.11-compliant security system.
Using the Encryption Key as the
password, only client computers and
Access Points that have the same ID
and password may log onto the same
wireless LAN for file sharing.
LAN (Local Area Network)
A network which is accessible only to
its members, unlike the Internet which
is open to an unlimited number of
people.
A LAN may be built for different
purposes. For example, you can build
an office LAN that is accessible only to
members of the same department or a
home LAN that is accessible only to
family members.
NetBEUI (NetBIOS Extended User
Interface)
NetBEUI is part of the transport layer,
not the NetBIOS programming
interface. NetBEUI cannot be routed, so
it is most appropriate in single subnet
(continuous) network.
Protocol
The formal specifications that define the
procedures for computers to follow
when transmitting and receiving data.
TCP/IP (Transmission Control
Protocol/Internet Protocol)
TCP is a connection-oriented protocol
for establishing reliable, sequenced data
transfer. TCP ensures that data reaches
its destination.
IP assembles and addresses data
packets for transmission to their
network destinations.
WAN (Wide Area Network)
A network that interconnects remote
LANs through the Internet or telephone
lines.
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Troubleshooting
This section describes how to solve
common problems you may encounter
when using your Wireless LAN PC
Card or Wireless LAN Access Point.
Many problems have simple solutions,
so try these suggestions before you call
Sony Customer Information Services
Center.
❒ On the overall wireless
communications
My computer does not detect the
Wireless LAN PC Card.
cThe Wireless LAN PC Card may not
be properly inserted into the PC
card slot of your computer. Check
that the Wireless LAN PC Card is
inserted in the proper direction,
then push it in as far as it will go.
Other computers on the wireless
LAN are not displayed.
cYou did not enter the password
when Windows started. Enter the
user name and the password
requested on Windows startup, then
log onto the LAN.
cThe windows environment is not
properly set up. Follow the
instructions in Setting up Windows
environment on page 18 or 29 to set
it up properly.
cNo other computers are logged onto
the wireless LAN.
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I cannot access the Internet.
cThe Access Point is not connected.
Follow the instructions in the Access
Point Operating Instructions to
connect it properly.
cThe Wireless LAN PC Card is not
properly inserted into your
computer. See the instructions on
page 12 of this manual to insert it
properly.
cCommunication between the Access
Point and your computer are not
established. Check the
communication status using the
Wireless Palette.
cThe Access Point is not properly
configured. Configure the Access
Point with the connection mode of
your choice using one of the Access
Point setup utilities.
cThe Access Point and your
computer are too far apart (more
than approximately 50 m (165 feet)).
When the Wireless Palette shows
the
icon, move your computer
closer to the Access Point.
The data transfer speed is slow.
cThere is radio interference with
another Access Point. Try assigning
another channel number using one
of the Access Point setup utilities.
cThere are too many clients logging
on to the Access Point. Try later.
I cannot remember the Encryption
Key.
cUse the Sony-supplied Access Point
Firmware Update Utility to resume
the factory configuration of the
Access Point. Use the Wireless
Palette to register the Access Point
and establish communications with
it. Use one of the Access Point setup
utilities to configure the Access
Point. For further information about
how to use the Access Point
Firmware Upgrade Utility, select
VAIO - Wireless LAN - Access Point
Firmware Upgrade - Manual to see
the on-line manual.
The Wireless Palette still shows the
previous computer name after a
change.
cThe Access Point has not yet
recognized the new computer name.
Click the Nickname of the Access
Point in the Tool Box window of the
Wireless Palette, then click Select. If
the correct information is displayed,
click OK.
The communication band is
supposed to be 11 Mbps, but
MPEG2 data transfer fails.
c11 Mbps is a logical value. The
actual value is approximately 4 to 5
Mbps. This occurs with almost all
IEEE 802.11 compliant products.
The high-speed stream transfer of
MPEG2, may cause a short of the
communication band.
When the automatic connection
feature is enabled, a connection to
the Internet is unintentionally
established.
cSome e-mail applications
periodically check incoming mail.
Windows also periodically
establishes a connection to the
Internet for update notices.
The dial-up connection is disabled
for a while after disconnection by
clicking Disconnect.
cThe Access Point does not accept a
connection command issued by
clicking Connect for one minute
after manual disconnection. Wait
approximately one minute after
disconnection, then try again.
No communication is available even
though my computer is located
within 50 m (165 feet) of the Access
Point.
cThe actual communication distance
depends on the installation site and
ambient conditions. Move your
computer closer to the Access Point.
❒ On the dial-up connection
When using the dial-up connection,
the Internet connection is
unintentionally disconnected.
cThe automatic disconnection feature
is enabled. If no communication
takes place for two minutes, the
Access Point automatically
disconnects the dial-up connection
by default. To change this setting,
use the Custom Access Point Setup
Utility. For further information, see
the Custom Access Point Setup
Utility Help.
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Limited Warranty
Statement
Sony Wireless LAN PC Card Warranty
The limited warranty on your hardware
covers parts and labor against defects in
material or workmanship for a period
of three months from the original date
of purchase. You can extend the
warranty period for an additional nine
months by registering your Wireless
LAN PC Card. See “Registering Your
Wireless LAN Access Point/Wireless
LAN PC Card” on page 41. Once you
register your Wireless LAN PC Card,
the limited warranty period is twelve
months from the original date of
purchase.
For the purpose of this Limited
Warranty “SONY” means SONY
ELECTRONICS INC. for Products
purchased in the United States of
America. SONY warrants this Wireless
LAN PC Card product (“the Product”)
against defects in material or
workmanship as follows:
1. Labor: For a period of ninety (90)
calendar days from the original date
of purchase from SONY or a SONY
authorized reseller, SONY will repair
defects in material or workmanship
in the Product at no charge, or pay
the associated labor charges to a
SONY authorized service facility. The
ninety (90) day warranty period is
extendible only to the original
purchaser, for an additional period of
nine (9) months, for a total of twelve
(12) months from date of purchase
when the Product is registered
electronically prior to the expiry of
ninety (90) days from the original
date of purchase. After the applicable
period, you must pay for all labor
charges.
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2. Parts: For a period of ninety (90)
calendar days from the original date
of purchase from SONY or a SONY
authorized reseller, SONY will
supply, at no charge, new or rebuilt,
at SONY’s option, replacement parts
in exchange for defective parts. Any
replacement parts will be warranted
for the remainder of the original
warranty period or ninety (90)
calendar days from installation by
SONY’s authorized service facility,
whichever is longer. The ninety (90)
day warranty period is extendible
only to the original purchaser, for an
additional period of nine (9) months,
for a total of twelve (12) months from
date of purchase when the Product is
registered within ninety (90) days
from the original date of purchase.
All defective parts replaced under
this Limited Warranty will become
the property of SONY.
This Limited Warranty covers only the
hardware components packaged with
the Product. It does not cover the
technical assistance for hardware or
software usage, and it does not cover
any software products whether or not
contained in the Product; SONY
excludes all warranties express or
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provided with the product and any
such software is provided “AS IS,”
unless expressly provided for in any
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Please refer to the End User License
Agreements included with the Product
for your rights and obligations with
respect to the software.
This Limited Warranty is nontransferable. Proof of purchase in the
form of a bill of sale (which is evidence
that the Product is within the warranty
period) must be presented to obtain
warranty service. In addition, if
replacement parts are required and you
wish to receive the most expedient
service available, you will be required
to provide SONY with a credit card
authorization to bill your credit card in
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provide. The credit card will only be
charged for SONY’s list price for the
part if the original part has not been
returned within thirty (30) days.
With respect to certain components you
may be entitled to express warranty
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subject to certain restrictions. Please
contact SONY for further information.
SONY will not be responsible for any
damage to or loss of any programs, data
or other information stored on any
media or any part of any Product
serviced hereunder or any
consequential damages resulting
therefrom.
Be sure to remove all third party
hardware, software, features, parts,
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not warranted by SONY prior to
sending the Product to SONY for
service. SONY is not liable for any loss
or damage to these items.
This Limited Warranty does not cover
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by SONY that there is no fault with the
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Index
B
N
Basic Access Point Setup Utility ............ 5
NetBEUI ........................................... 21, 59
NetBEUI Protocol .................................. 31
C
Cable Modem/xDSL ............................. 52
Channel number .................................... 59
Client ....................................................... 59
Client for Microsoft Networks ...... 21, 32
Copying a file from another computer
.................................................................. 53
Custom Access Point Setup Utility ....... 5
P
Peer to Peer mode .................................. 46
Phone Connection ................................. 51
Precautions ............................................. 56
Protocol ................................................... 59
S
Setting up the Access Point .................. 49
Setting up Windows environment
........................................................... 18, 29
Specifications .......................................... 57
D
DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol) .................................................. 59
DNS (Domain Name System) .............. 59
T
E
TCP/IP ............................................. 19, 59
Troubleshooting ..................................... 60
Encryption Key ...................................... 59
F
U
File and printer sharing for Microsoft
Networks ......................................... 22, 32
Uninstall software ................................. 42
Unpacking .............................................. 10
Using the Help ......................................... 8
G
Getting Help ........................................... 58
V
Verifying comunication with the Access
Point ......................................................... 48
I
Indicators ................................................ 11
Inserting the Wireless LAN PC Card .. 12
Installing software ................................. 40
Installing the driver software .............. 13
Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) ................... 30
ISDN Router/LAN ................................ 52
W
WAN (Wide Area Network) ................. 59
Wireless Palette ........................................ 5
L
LAN (Local Area Network) .................. 59
Local Only ............................................... 52
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